Dodd is a fell in the English Lake District and stands on the main spine
of the Helvellyn range in the Eastern Fells, situated between Thirlmere
and the Ullswater catchment.
Helvellyn range runs broadly north-south for about 7 miles (11 km),
remaining above 2,000 ft (600 m) throughout its length.
Stybarrow Dodd's northerly neighbours are Watson's
Dodd and Great Dodd, the three fells having a similar character and
being commonly referred to as "The Dodds".
To the south
is the depression of Sticks Pass, beyond which the ridge continues to
Raise, White Side and Helvellyn.
Sticks Pass crosses the range at 2,445 ft (745 m),
this being the highest pass in the District crossed by a regular
bridleway. Now of use purely to hillwalkers, it once provided the only
connection between the communities on either side of the Helvellyns. The
name is believed to be taken from the guideposts originally used to mark
flowing from either side of the pass summit are both officially named
Sticks Gill, the '(East)' and '(West)'.
Dodd is characterised by wide grassy slopes with very little outcropping
rock. Such rough ground as exists tends to garner considerable attention
on Ordnance Survey maps.
flank above Thirlmere falls in gentle gradients to about half height and
then steepens in the final descent to the valley floor at Fisher Place.
A low ridge runs parallel to the lakeshore, ending at Great How above
the dam, and this once diverted Stybarrow Dodd's drainage north to the
Vale of St John.
As part of
the raising of Thirlmere reservoir in 1884 a water race was constructed
which diverted all of these streams into the lake. The captured streams
forming the boundaries of the fell are Stanah Gill in the north and
Sticks Gill (West) to the south.
side of Stybarrow Dodd is more complex with a ridge running down 4 miles
(6.4 km) to Dockray and the popular Aira Force waterfall.
begins as a broad plateau, variously named Green Side or White Stones,
which runs due east before falling precipitously over the screes of
Glencoyne Head. The high ground splits here to provide the walls of
Glencoyne, with Sheffield Pike and Glenridding Dodd to the south and
Hart Side to the north.
Dodd's northern boundary on this face is Deepdale, this long and marshy
valley separating it from Great Dodd since Watson's Dodd has no footing
on the eastern side of the ridge. Sticks Gill (East) provides the
southern frontier, running down to Ullswater via Glenridding.
northward from the summit to Watson's Dodd is broad and grassy, carrying
a fair path which saves time for the ridgewalker by bypassing both tops.
This path also runs southward to Sticks Pass although on this flank the
fell throws out more of a shoulder than a ridge.
The fell has
two summits, the true top being marked by a very small cairn at the
north east end. The southern top provides better views and is blessed
with a much larger cairn.
is grass with the exception of Deepdale Crag, a small area of exposed
rock on the eastern side
view is extensive with all major Lakeland ranges in sight.
west much of the lower slopes are privately owned and the best access is
via Sticks Pass from Legburnthwaite.
alternatives, the path can be left for ascents of Stanah Gill or the
shoulder dropping from the south summit.
on the eastern flanks the common starting points are Dockray, Glencoyne
and Glenridding. The Sheffield Pike and Hart Side ridges can be
followed, or an ascent made up Sticks Pass and Deepdale provides a long
and rather wet line of approach.
Dodd is most commonly climbed as part of a round of Deepdale (The Dodds),
or as part of a full transit of the Helvellyn Range.